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Graham on September 10th, 2013

From Niagara This Week: The co-founder of Marineland Animal Defense says demonstrations will continue, but they will be obeying new restrictions laid out by the court last week. Justice Richard Lococo imposed three several restrictions last Friday morning at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in the case of Dylan Powell against Marineland Canada. The interim injunction […]

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From Niagara This Week: An animal rights activist who filed a complaint with Niagara Regional Police after a confrontation with Marineland owner John Holer has dismissed a lawsuit filed against him by the park. “Their Statement of Claim is frivolous and has almost nothing to do with me, personally,” Mike Garrett said after he was served […]

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Graham on March 18th, 2013

From Niagara This Week: It was far from quiet at City Hall on Tuesday as demonstrators protested outside council chambers for the second consecutive council meeting. As city councillors dealt with motions, zoning changes and other regular council business inside, demonstrators from Marineland Animal Defense — a self-described campaign of concerned citizens determined to end […]

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The Toronto Star has an interesting article where they share details of emails that Mayor Jim Diodati and his assistant sent back and forth and how they tried to craft their message about the Marineland crisis. It’s a case study in political spinning — the good and the bad. Last August, Niagara Falls, Ont., Mayor […]

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Graham on January 15th, 2013

From Sun News: Marineland has filed its second lawsuit in less than a month. This time the marine-animal theme park is taking aim at Marineland Animal Defense founder Dylan Powell. The statement of claim was filed at the St. Catharines courthouse Friday afternoon. It asks for a permanent restraint from Powell and his company from […]

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From the Toronto Star: Marineland owner John Holer is trying to acquire another killer whale for his tourist park, according to the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Association director Bill Peters told the Star he believes Marineland had a another killer whale lined up to join lone Kiska, but it fell through. Now “they […]

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Graham on October 29th, 2012

From 610 CKTB: The season may be over but the pressure remains on Marineland. On November 8th animal rights activists plan to march from the clinic of the park’s chief vet, June Mergl, to owner John Holer’s house. The candle light march is being called “Follow the Money” Marineland March.

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From the Toronto Star: Kiska, the killer whale, swims alone in her pool at Marineland, often followed by a trail of her own blood. Her tail has been bleeding off and on since July but has been getting progressively worse, according to Christine Santos, who has been one of Kiska’s primary trainers. She described the […]

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Graham on August 16th, 2012

From the Niagara Falls Review: …In a story published in a Toronto newspaper Wednesday, Demers said the poor conditions and a lack of action by park owner John Holer is what made him quit – and subsequently break a non-disclosure agreement by going public. The public reaction to the report has been significant, with Marineland […]

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Graham on August 16th, 2012

From the Niagara Falls Review: Leaving Marineland broke Phil Demers’ heart. But he had to do it. The 34-year-old animal trainer left Marineland after 12 years, and has gone public with allegations of deplorable water conditions and mistreatment of animals by his former employer. Demers said he made the decision to leave in May and […]

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